The Danish word “hygge” comes to mind, but Greenlanders have made their own version of this word. Think tealight candles and hearty food like reindeer soup, playing music or games together and lots of storytelling (mainly involving ghost stories).
The home is such an important concept in the North because friends and family spend more time indoors relaxing at home. The minimal number of restaurants in towns also mean that making food plays a very important part of life, creating a natural culture of good slow food. If you’re invited to a meal, you might be treated to a feast that was caught, carried and prepared by your host. How’s that for quality of life?
EMBRACE THE WINTER WONDERLAND!
So the snow is here to stay for awhile, ok? The locals don’t just accept it, they embrace it! Many locals take the time to do outdoor winter activities that are not possible during the summertime.
This could be as simple as catching the light whenever it is possible, be that taking a walk during the day, or snowshoeing on frozen fjords, cross country skiing near town, or ski touring in Greenland’s vast back country.
The traditional hunters of Greenland also enjoy the winter landscape, because suddenly new roads are opened up for travel. They often dog sled to remote locations for days on end and stay in simple huts that offer little but shelter from the natural elements. On the other hand, the hunters get the most luxurious view of the night sky: a pure view of the heavens with all of its stars, northern lights, the moon, or whatever mother nature brings.